Pentecost (Leaf from the Buckland Missal, England, 1360-1380)

May 5, 2009


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Single leaf from the Buckland Missal:

Inhabited initial S, Pentecost

England, 1360-1380

Script: Gothic bookhand

Parchment with ink, paint, and gold

Notation: Square


This initial begins the Introit for Pentecost, “Spiritus domini repleuit orbem terrarum …” (The spirit of the Lord fills the whole world). This leaf and Lewis E M 66:1b were cut from a manuscript that is now housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford and is known as the Buckland Missal. Another leaf from the missal has been found in Toledo, Ohio, at the Toledo Museum of Art. Another six leaves cut from the book have been lost.

The Buckland Missal is a noted missal. A missal is a complete book for the Mass: it unites in a single book the contents of earlier, separate books used for the Mass. A noted missal includes the musical notation for the chants used in the Mass.

This manuscript can be dated to ca. 1360-80.

Free Library of Philadelphia Lewis E M 66:1A



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